Stewardship includes acknowledging that all is God’s. All means everything; nothing is left out. Genesis 1 tells us that God created the heavens and the earth and all that were in them. Ps 24:10 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Scripture states that everything belongs to God.
On page 15 in Counsels on Stewardship Ellen G. White writes, “Every good thing of earth was placed here by the bountiful hand of God as an expression of His love to man. The gold and the silver are the Lord’s; and He could rain them from heaven if He chose. But instead of this He has made man His steward, entrusting him with means, not to be hoarded, but to be used in benefiting others. He thus makes man the medium through which to distribute His blessings on earth.”
It is not enough to acknowledge that all is God’s, we must understand that accountability is also factored into stewardship. Just as the Parable of the Talents in Matt. 25 shows each man was accountable to his master for the talents given them, we too are accountable to God for what is entrusted to us.
On page 142-143 of Counsels on Stewardship, Mrs. White goes on to say, “…every Christian has been given ability to do something in the cause of the Master. Whether engaged in business in the field, in the warehouse, or in the counting room, men will be held responsible to God for the wise and honest employment of their talents. They are just as accountable to God for their work, as the minister who labors in word and doctrine is for his.”
Let us begin every day with a prayer, seeking guidance on how we are to use the talents, treasures and time that God has bestowed on each of us.
Stewardship Ministry – Sue Ramsey